Western Wisconsin News Briefs: Man dies in hunting accident near SuperiorWestern Wisconsin News
-- Two groups in northwest Wisconsin are looking for families to adopt 22 cats that somebody dropped off at a veterinary hospital.
SUPERIOR - A man was shot and killed in a hunting accident in Superior, a few miles east of the Wisconsin-Minnesota border.
Authorities say the man's hunting partner accidentally shot him late Monday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released. On Saturday, three other people died in separate hunting-related accidents during the firearms deer opener in Wisconsin.
Two groups in northwest Wisconsin are looking for families to adopt 22 cats that somebody dropped off at a veterinary hospital.
Officials are not sure who left the cats – which were inside four plastic bins at the front door of the Interstate Veterinary Hospital at Centuria in Polk County. The cats were dropped off October 29th, and the bins had holes so the pets could breathe. Seventeen cats are up for adoption at the Arnell Memorial Humane Society in Amery. The rest are still at the hospital – and they’re all waiting for new homes. Mary Bruckner of the humane shelter says the cats are all healthy and friendly. All appear to be one-year-old or younger.
The veterinary hospital’s owner, Mark Nelson, said whoever left the cats probably meant well – but they didn’t think about the need to spay-and-neuter their pets. Those adopting from the hospital only need to pay a spaying-or-neutering fee. The humane shelter has reduced its adoption fee. Those males have been neutered, and the females will be spayed when they’re adopted. Officials are worried that the economy will discourage folks from adopting the cats. But Nelson said nobody wants to see them euthanized.